tv Rep. Grace Meng Interview at AIPAC Conference CSPAN March 9, 2018 6:39pm-6:48pm EST
♪ [music] >> hello. our next guest plays an influential role on of the house committees essential to the us israel relationship. the appropriations committee. she has established itself as an outspoken leader on issues important to the pro-israel community and it's actually one of the first democratic members of congress to announce her opposition to the 2015 iran nuclear deal. [applause] ladies and gentlemen, please join me in welcoming congresswoman grace meng. [applause]
>> congresswoman, thank you for being here. >> thanks for having me everyone! >> you have any legal support of israel. as i just mentioned someone who's not afraid of taking a hard boat to support the us israel relationship. why is this relationship so important to you? what is your passion for israel come from? >> israel is one of america's strongest allies. safe, secure and strong israel benefits all of us around the globe. [applause] >> i am proud to represent a district in queens, new york. [applause] [laughter] >> i am sure that we have some new yorkers here. >> whose main street literally runs from the north to the south of the district.
on one and it is predominantly asian american communities. and then the other and, it is predominantly a jewish community. [applause] every day, we live side-by-side, we work side-by-side and i'm proud to represent the beautiful and diverse district. [applause] you can clap for queens! as a granddaughter who grew up in a christian faith, my grandmother gives me tips constantly on how to better raise my children in our faith community. as an asian mother, who almost likes to seek others, is much almost as a jewish mom, we have a great district and so much more in common than we have different from each other. it is amazing, the best part about the us israel relationship is the connections
and the people. from the people that i have met during my trip to israel and the people right here in queens and throughout the country, israel is an issue that is not partisan. there is, you can clap for that! [applause] it is our duty and responsibility and it benefits all of us around the globe both democracies and democracy in general to have a strong us israel relationship. >> thank you. as i mentioned in your introduction, you are one of the first democrats in congress to oppose the 2015 nuclear agreement with iran. [applause] there is a little bit of support for that in this crown. can you tell us about that decision and whether you think there is a way to build
bipartisan support in congress to address what many see as shortcomings of the deal and it sounds is that what we are committed to congressman that there may in fact be some agreement on that. >> definitely. voting against the iran deal was a very tough decision for me politically. however, -- [applause] i knew in my heart of hearts that it was the right decision to make. i knew it was the decision that i had to make in order for me to sleep well at night. [applause] and i knew that it was the right decision for our next generation. [applause] of the many shortcomings of the deal, there were two that bothered me most. one was the lack of oversight
and the second was the increased access that the iranian regime would have to money and resources that would help further finance terrorism around the globe. and we have seen this day by day increasingly play out in the region. i worked on legislation in a bipartisan way that pastor the house to ensure that better monitoring of iranian courts so we can better see who and what was going through these ports. we work in congress in a bipartisan way to put sanctions on the ballistic missile program and the irc g. i believe that there is even more room to be able to work together to target the iranian regime and it's been behavior.
in effect, wanted to ask you about that because it is beyond the nuclear deal of course we see iran projecting the power throughout the region in iraq and syria, yemen, lebanon and a few weeks ago of course this is a serious sent a joint acute israel and set up an entire series of destabilizing events. earlier today the admiral said he thinks iran in the way we do with it really has to be the premier foreign policy challenge that we have right now. in the middle east. how do you think the us and israel can work together to confront the iranian threat? to be sure israel has the support it needs to deal with the threat? >> well it is a good question. it's why i voted against the deal in the first place. and i think many people in this room agree that we knew that this would become more and more serious. [applause] the answer is very generally
twofold. one is to work in congress and bipartisan way to ensure that israel has the resources it needs to make the second is 10 to minimize and prevent further finance terrorism. i've gotten congress, for example gotten to work in a bipartisan way to encourage the eu to designate hezbollah, not just the military but as a whole to be designated as a terrorist organization. [applause] we have also worked in a bipartisan way to do what we can to dismantle -- to make it
difficult for the carry out. [applause] >> congresswoman, i can speak to all evening but i'm not allowed. i have to leave it at that. congresswomen grace meng, thank you! [applause] ♪ ♪ [music] >> if you walk down many streets in the united states, or in israel, you're likely to hear story just like mine. i am american of mexican descent. the daughter of margarita and manuel. [applause]